Singer Adina Thembi popularly known as ‘Adina’, yesterday won one of the very technical awards at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (V G.M.A) in Accra. She received the ‘Record of the Year’ award for her song ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’; a song inspired by her late father. Adina becomes the only female musician in Ghana to win the ‘Record of the Year’ award twice.
Though the V.G.M.A ‘Record of the Year’ is determined mainly by musical technicalities it still remains a very competitive category for many nominees. The criteria is inclusive of relevant and impactful lyrics to the quality of production. Though this was not the first time Singer Adina Thembi has won the ‘Record of the Year’ award, the recognition still drew some emotions from her. “Thank you guys for allowing me to share my story. But, most importantly, this award is dedicated to everyone who can relate to this song in diverse ways. Loosing a parent is never easy, and I hope that this song gives you some comfort among other things “, she wrote on social media some minutes ago.
Adina was born to a South African father and a Ghanaian mother. Her song is based on the fact that her dad Daniel Sikumbuzo Ndamse died in 1995 and therefore, couldn’t be around to watch her turn into who she is today. It fuses the aspirations of a child growing up with the silent pain of having lost a loved one.
The ‘Record of the Year’ award has been dominated by male winners since 2006 with musicians such as Samini, Sarkodie, Okyeame Kwame, Wutah, and more who have overshadowed the very few women who have managed to make it to the top. In 2017, Adina won the ‘Record of the Year’ award for the first time. Later, fellow singers Becca and Efya, also picked it up in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Also, Adina topped the nominations list with a total of 11 nominations at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
By Jerry Wonder